Jim Capobianco, Director of “The Inventor,” Explains What Rocks Bay Area Int’l Children’s Film Fest

The 13th annual Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival is just around the corner, presenting “A Playdate for the Imagination” in its fully virtual 2021 event, July 22-25. In addition to more than 40 films suitable for families around the world, this year’s ‘Back to Community, Back to Nature’ themed event will feature engaging panels, Q&A and special screenings.

Animation review took a few moments with the writer / animation director Jim Capobianco (Leonardo, your rat friend), who founded BAICFF in 2009 with Shelley Trott, about what makes this year’s online edition another staple in children’s cinema.

Jim Capobianco

Why did you decide to launch this festival for children?

Jim Capobianco: We started this festival to bring international films, both animated and live, to families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Movies they wouldn’t seek out on their own or think about – movies and productions as wonderful and engaging as anything from the big studios. In addition to revealing to our audience how these films are made, through our “How did they do that?” series. What’s great this year is that everything is virtual – so everyone can enjoy the festival from anywhere!

What sets BAICFF apart among so many film festivals?

There are only a handful of major children’s festivals, so that way another place to see those wonderful films is always good. Additionally: In addition to being highly organized with some of the most interesting films internationally, BAICFF has partnered in a significant way with the Dublin Festival of Curiosity. This has enabled us through the virtual space to share our content with audiences across the world and to share their inspiring content with our community. It’s a relationship that we only hope to develop in the future. We have very big plans to develop BAICFF not only regionally but globally as the premier storytelling festival. Stay tuned!

The inventor

The inventor

How are things going with your next Leonardo da Vinci movie (The inventor), which we are all very excited about?

The inventor going full steam ahead! The sets are under construction, the cast and costume puppets, we will start recording our actors this fall. Everything in preparation for rolling cameras, so to speak, in January. The Folioscope team is simply amazing. So smart, so talented. It’s a low budget movie compared to, well, everything, and this team is just amazing how they know how to make $ 100 look like $ 100,000. We will organize a tour of the festival studio and plan another Master Class on the film’s storyboard in August. If you are interested, check out theinventorfilm.com.

Luca director Enrico Casarosa (Pixar)

Luca director Enrico Casarosa (Pixar)

What are the must-see panels for fans and animation professionals this year?

A nice discussion on the history of Pixar with Soul writer Mike Jones and storyteller Trevor Jimenez. Three friends who talk about history! Also, my old Pixar buddies, director Enrico Casarosa and decorator Daniella Strijleva are talking Luca, of course. These are really warm and friendly conversations!


  • Live Panels – with Q&A
  • Discussion and presentation of the independent animation scene in the SF Bay Area with Tonko House, Kuku Studios, Baobab Studios and my own Aerial Contrivance workshop
  • Independent panel of American animation of Asian origin as well as a showcase of short films
  • “How did they do that?” »With Maddie Sarafian on the 2D Pixar short film Terrier
  • And another pre-recording: screening and behind-the-scenes discussion and videos of the Incredibly Beautiful Shooom’s Odyssey of France.

… Without forgetting the short films and films from around twenty countries, including Bench from Aardman director Richard Webber. One of the funniest movies I have ever seen.

And much more !

Visit www.baicff.com to register for the virtual BAICFF 2021.

Baba Yaga from Baobab Studio

Baobab Studio’s Baba Yaga

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